The Berliner Grundtheater e.V. (BGT) was founded in Berlin in 1991 and is dedicated to producing a wide range of English-language plays, while integrating players of different nationalities. In addition to playing many seasons in Berlin, the company has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Anglo-German Festivals in Germany, and is now based permanently in Luxembourg.
The BGT repertoire includes shows by authors as varied as Peter Shaffer, Anthony Minghella, Oscar Wilde and William Shakespeare. The company also produces original scripts, such as adaptations of JANE EYRE (2010), LITTLE WOMEN (2014) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL 016) and in January 2020 it premiered June Lowery's CHARLES DICKENS, THE BEST OF MEN; THE WORST OF MEN. The company is especially committed to promoting theatre for female actors and writers who are under-represented in the theatre and performance world. Shows like WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU (2019), PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (2018) and DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH (2020) all featured women-only casts as part of the company's policy to put women centre stage. Shows currently in planning for 2021 will continue this theme.
In recent years the company has also focused on promoting young performers and traineee or aspiring actors who are hoping to work in theatre. It is a co-sponsor of FEST (The FESTIVAL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL THEATRE) which takes place every second year in Luxembourg (https://www.fest.lu/) and in 2019 started a summer programme giving trainee actors a contract to work on a show. THE ROAD TO HUNTSVILLE which will be performed from June 7th-9th 2021 at Neimënster is the third show in this programme.
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THE ROAD TO HUNTSVILLE
Originally performed by the author, STEPH is a writer who researches women that fall in love with – and often marry – murderers on death row. She wants to understand why. What makes seemingly steady and sensible people do this? As she says: “These women are writers, journalists, lawyers, teachers, nurses, civil servants, mothers, wives.” But as she digs deeper into the subject, she finds herself more and more pulled in and begins corresponding directly with Jonny Demouchette, who is faces the death sentence in Texas for the murder of a shop-assistant. How far will she go to get the story she wants? And how in control of herself and her motives is she?
Using multi-media projections and video clips, this one-woman show looks at what makes some women so attracted to men of violence, even to killers. Through a mixture of factual presentation and the personal story a woman succumbing to the same attraction, it raises questions without making any judgements or imposing stereotypes. A moving, sometimes funny, but deeply thought-provoking play, it also provides an unusually powerful role for a young actress.
This is the third production in the BGT's programme to promote young performers and to put women more at the forefront of theatre.
Directed by Tony & Ferelith Kingston
Performed by Lina Peller
Designer: Laura Burman Lights: Catriona Gilham
REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS OF RECENT BGT SHOWS
PREVIEW OF "THE CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES" in "Chronicle.lu"
PREVIEW OF "THE CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES" in "Delano"
INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH ADAMS and WRITER/ACTRESS CASSANDRA KOEHLER in "Luxembourg Times"
INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH ADAMS AND CO-DIRECTOR FERELITH KINGSTON on Radio Ara's "Happy Hour"
DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH
by Sherry Kramer
From the "DELANO" review by Duncan Roberts (September 11th 2020)
"Cindy Bloes delivers a performance that is both wonderfully poised and exuberant"
"Marilyn, in the hands of Peller, is more down to earth, a beauty who is hesitantly seductive and slowly reveals her character’s true attributes"
"Director Tony Kingston, ably assisted by Tiara Partsch, have brilliantly staged the play to keep the dynamic between the two lovers flowing."
Read the full review below on the link below
And listen to the following interview on Radio Ara